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Eco Earth for Leopard Geckos?

Discussion in 'Leopard Geckos' started by Lollipopgecko, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. Lollipopgecko

    Lollipopgecko Well-Known Member

    Is Eco Earth ok to use for leopard geckos?
     
  2. cassicat4

    cassicat4 Subscribed User Premium Member

    I would highly advise against it; Eco Earth is designed primarily for humid-type reptiles. In its dry form, it can be easily ingested (especially by geckos hunting crickets on it) and it poses an impaction risk. If you're looking for a more natural-looking substrate (i.e. that which they would be exposed to in the wild) try excavator sand instead. Otherwise, paper towel, slate/tile, or reptile carpet are safe options.
     
  3. Lollipopgecko

    Lollipopgecko Well-Known Member

    Ok, thanks.
     
  4. Lollipopgecko

    Lollipopgecko Well-Known Member

    I replaced the Eco earth with natural river sand and the enclosure still looks great!
     
  5. Yeah, don't forget about impaction as well!
     
  6. Lollipopgecko

    Lollipopgecko Well-Known Member

    It's really fine sand, so she won't get impaction. Plus, it's not the calcium based stuff and the bag even said that it would not cause impaction.
     
  7. Midori

    Midori Elite Member

    Never can be to careful. If she shows any sign of having toileting issues put her on paper towel. You can also always get tile cut for her enclosure if you want a more natural look to her housing. Or get the sand colored reptile carpet. Personally I just use paper towel for my own peace of mind then rick my geckos health.
     
  8. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    The bag lied. Any sand can result in impaction. You have to be careful. There are really no truth in labeling laws when it comes to pet products. They can say pretty much anything they want, whether its true or not.
     
  9. Lollipopgecko

    Lollipopgecko Well-Known Member

    Oh, then I'll get rid of the sand. I found this cool thing called the exo terra sand mat that's a rubber mat with a rough, sand like surface. I looked up pictures of the leopard gecko's natural habitat and the sand mat is a lot like it. The only problem is that she has a GIANT terrarium , it's similar in size to my turtle's 75 gallon. I want to change it, but my mom would get mad if I moved her to the 20 gallon long.
     
  10. DuskHwy

    DuskHwy Active Member

    I had never heard of a sand mat and am going to go research them because of your post... Thanks for sharing!
     
  11. Lollipopgecko

    Lollipopgecko Well-Known Member

    No problem!
     
  12. jaydsr2887

    jaydsr2887 Elite Member

    I honestly think the best things for a leopard gecko is as was mentioned by other posters is either paper towel or the tiles.... imo the tile is best as it retains heat for a while after the lights go out such as in their natural habitat and it is very easy to clean with a wet paper towel and it is cheap as it don't have to be replaced......
     
  13. MentalMilkSNakes

    MentalMilkSNakes Active Member

    Most people who are keeping one leopard gecko don't want to use paper towels. It looks like crap and it's fun to make your leo's tank look natural. Slate or ceramic tiles are the way to go because they look natural and they are perfectly safe.
     
  14. avagaddis

    avagaddis Well-Known Member

    Definitely dont use fine sand! Thats also risking an impaction..Just use a reptile carpet or sand mat. I used to have a sand mat and theyre great but they can get really gross really fast.
     
  15. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    There is also a sand colored shelf liner paper which will give you a nicer look than just newspaper.
     
  16. Lollipopgecko

    Lollipopgecko Well-Known Member

    Ok, thanks for a the advice guys! :)
     

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